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Rep. Anchia has worked to improve the Texas public education system by improving teacher pay, increasing the relevance and opportunities for success for both college-bound and vocational students, and decreasing the reliance on a single test to determine a student's level of performance.

Throughout his tenure at the legislature, Rep. Anchia has a consistent voting record supporting teacher pay increases. He has passed legislation which broaden the curriculum to include room for more vocational and technical courses, while matching the quality of those courses with related math and science education requirements. This last session, Anchia supported legislation which would have allowed the Texas Education Agency to research and document alternate methods of evaluating student performance that do not simply rely on a multiple choice test, but instead strengthen assessment standards by requiring students to demonstrate their acquired skills.

As a freshman legislator, he also took on the powerful forces behind the movement to privatize public schools by confronting the Chair of the House Committee on Public Education on the House floor, asking him to use his own district as a pilot for private school vouchers. The issue died when the Chair declined the offer.


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